Love the Sinner, but Don’t Condone the Sin

"Sunday Sermon" One of the greatest challenges in life is to keep things in proper balance.   We must strive to balance “our compassion for others" with “our loyalty to the commandments.”  We must always love the sinner, but we must never advocate sin. We Must Always Love the Sinner As disciples of Christ, we … Continue reading Love the Sinner, but Don’t Condone the Sin

We Can NEVER Judge Another’s Heart

"Sunday Sermon" "Judge Not" Throughout my life -- as a husband, father, and grandfather -- and as a criminal prosecutor, state judge, and ecclesiastical judge -- I have become convinced that we are NEVER in a position to judge another person’s heart. I think this is what Jesus meant when he commanded, “Judge not.” (Luke … Continue reading We Can NEVER Judge Another’s Heart

The Fall of Adam and Eve and ME

"Sunday Sermon" There are two falls from grace.  The first is the fall of Adam and Eve.  The second is our own personal fall. The Fall Brought Physical and Spiritual Death The fall of Adam and Eve brought two kinds of death into the world: physical death and spiritual death.  Death is a separation. Physical … Continue reading The Fall of Adam and Eve and ME

“Eve and the Choice Made in Eden”

Book Review Essay and Commentary "Eve and the Choice Made in Eden," by Beverly Campbell Restoring Eve to her rightful place Latter-day Saints can’t wait to give Mother Eve a big hug, and thank her for her courage and her vital role in the plan of happiness.  She selflessly chose death, pain, suffering, and the … Continue reading “Eve and the Choice Made in Eden”

“There Is No Santa” Syndrome

Commentary In grade school, there were students who took sadistic delight in shattering the hopes and dreams of younger children by announcing, “There is No Santa Clause.” These students felt intellectual superior.  “I know something you don’t know.” Those infected with the “There Is No Santa” Syndrome grew up to become contemporary bubble-poppers, nitpickers, and … Continue reading “There Is No Santa” Syndrome

Book of Mormon Internal Evidence (14): Major Recurring Doctrinal Themes

Interspersed among alll of the geographical locations, the chronological systems, the military strategies, and complex literary components are the major recurring doctrinal themes. These themes are both inspired and inspiring.   Come Unto Christ  One of the central recurring doctrinal themes in the Book of Mormon is “come unto Christ.”  From the title page to … Continue reading Book of Mormon Internal Evidence (14): Major Recurring Doctrinal Themes